September 24, 2015 Subject:
this is the one
The Dead seemed to have liked this venue as this show and the show at the Rose Palace earlier in the spring (Mar 22) are both a bit wild and wooly.
There's some nice write-ups about this show on the Internets. Evidently the Dead opened for a *movie* at this gig, specifically "Farewell Cream" (easily one of the worst classic rock concert documentaries ever produced). Also on the bill were the Kaleidoscope, one of the very best California psych bands (unfortunately their live sets are poorly documented).
As for the music, it's all about the final four tracks. The Dark Star and the Lovelight, in particular, are noteworthy for plenty of inspired playing by Garcia whose amp is turned up loud.
There is a tasteful edit near the beginning of Lovelight (the opening verses are missing so it seques right into the first instrumental section). Lots of fun jams in there.
Also, no offense to those involved, but don't bother with the "remaster" (shnid 132812). This version sounds way better (and it's just fine).
May 10, 2013 Subject:
@Outkast..... the 72 Europe tour had Keith and Donna AND pigpen as his health slow left him, he sung less and less, but this is a 69 show with filler. So yes Pigpen did play with Keith and Donna. The 4 disc Stepping out' cd highlights England and Amsterdam shows of the 72 Europe tour and all the 4 discs are smoking hot! 4 stars for rarity and recording
December 27, 2012 Subject:
Hard to Handle on is from this show
Other reviewers have said that some of the earlier songs on this recording are from 12-12-69. It's nice to hear a proto-Uncle John's; it had a more open, looser feel before it became fully polished.
The early part of the listed set is plagued by equipment problems. Most severely, the power cuts out to the amps just as Jerry's getting heated up in Morning Dew. However, Dark Star to the end simply smokes. The Eleven is one of the longest and best versions, though they were pretty much hitting that one out of the park consistently in '69. The Lovelight is well worth all 25 minutes. Sound quality is good to excellent throughout. 5 Stars for this part of the show.
May 9, 2012 Subject:
Just lsitened to UJB>HEWA 12-12-69 and this is it. Great filler, the rest wha...
The Roses and Sunrise are probably the outtakes from Dicks Picks 10. The other filler seems to be studio outtakes, rehearsals, etc.
Lovely Dark Star, this one (even with the nasty sound deterioration in the latter part of it). And a very amusing intro :)
May 26, 2008 Subject:
5 for the DS alone
the set list is all wrong but the playin on the real date exquisit.
This Dark Star sparkles and shines its twenty beautifl minutes in your life.
Reviewer:Ox Fall Down
October 19, 2006 Subject:
The show starts with track 7.
The 1st 6 songs are filler. They played Hey, Little One three times, all in '66.
From HtH through Lovelight Deadbase, Deadlists and LiveArchive are in agreement.
August 17, 2006 Subject:
This seems like random material...
Donna sings sunrise, Pig sings hard to handle? Roses was played first in 1974? This is just random stuff collected together, absolutely not a '69 show, though elements of it are from the early years - Hey Little One where Jerry's voice is vibratto circa 1967/8, HTH etc...
July 13, 2006 Subject:
THats No Stray
Clearly not a stray show - I'm not hearing any donna at all. Also Donna joined the band in late 72 - Pigpen was dead in early 73. And I don't recall any shows that they played in together, at least now with this lineup. Therefore I declare NOT A STRAY :P
December 28, 2005 Subject:
Killer Dark Star!
July 28, 2005 Subject:
Ok who out there remembers Donna singing in 69, Hands up, ok good nobody awnsered. at least I hope not. My point is that we now have a nother stray show obviously this is late 71 or some were in 72 somebody help!!?
October 12, 2004 Subject:
great playign after filler...dark star does have some bad digi noise at around the 18 minute mark right when they start blasting off oh well.....still a great show